Utd Mba Essay Samples

2015-2016 UT Dallas / Jindal MBA Essay Topics


The online application for the UT Dallas / Naveen Jindal School of Management is live which means that the essay topics are available to applicants. The Jindal Full-time MBA application requires applicants to submit two essays each in the range of 300-500 words.

2015-2016 UT Dallas / Jindal MBA Essay Topics

1. Through the last decade, we have seen the impact business people have on our society. At the end of your career, what do you think people will say you did for society? Give an example of something you have already done that supports this characterization.

2. Keeping in mind the ever-changing landscape of the business realm, what is your strategy to ensure your personal success in this environment? Where do you see yourself in 5, 10, and 15 years from the completion of the UT Dallas Full-Time (Cohort) MBA Program? How will the Cohort Program be instrumental in achieving your goals?

For more information on the admissions process, visit the UT Dallas / Jindal School of Management admissions website.

regions: Dallas
schools: Naveen Jindal School of Management – University of Texas at Dallas

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Apply for Graduate Program

Graduate applicants must meet both the University of Texas at Dallas graduate school requirements as well as program specific admission requirements.

GMAT or GRE Score

UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management prefers the GMAT admission test, however, we gladly accept the GRE test as well.

An official and competitive GMAT or GRE score, no more than five years old by date of application is required from all applicants, except for:

  • Candidates who have a doctoral degree, such as a PhD, MD or Juris Doctor.
  • High achieving candidates may request a GMAT/GRE waiver if they have obtained:
    • Their undergraduate degree from a university with an AACSB accredited business school (regardless of their major) and achieved a GPA in their last 60 hours at or above a 3.600.
    • Their graduate degree from a university with an AACSB accredited business school (regardless of their degree’s area of focus) and achieved a GPA at or above a 3.600.
    • They graduated Summa Cum Laude from a US based ABET accredited school.*
    • They graduated in the top 20% of their graduating class from an EQUIS school. (Official verification required.)*
    • MS Marketing applicants, please contact program for information on GMAT/GRE waiver.

* Once application is submitted, applicant must email JSOMGRAdvising@utdallas.edu to request review under this criteria.

Please note that the school’s current admitted average GMAT score is 600, and the average admitted GRE score is 310.

To indicate where the official GMAT score should be sent, please follow the list of GMAT Program Codes or, if submitting the GRE, use our
GRE School Code: R6897.

Official Transcripts

Local applicants must submit official transcripts from all U.S. based colleges and universities attended, including any graduate program in which the applicant was enrolled for admission. These transcripts must be certified, signed or stamped official by the university’s Registrar Office. Transcripts must be mailed to the Office of Admission and Enrollment Services at the address below or may be transferred electronically between the institutions and UT Dallas.

International applicants and U.S. citizen and permanent resident applicants with an international degree must submit an official attested photocopy of academic documents such as a transcript, diploma, mark sheets, provisional degree certificate and or your final degree certificate, in a school sealed envelope with the school seal stamped on the back side of the envelope (see a list of examples of required academic documents needed).

The applicant’s GPA from his/her last 60 semester credit hours will be used as a part of the admission committee’s review for competitiveness for admission (currently, the average admitted GPA is a 3.3).

English Proficiency

The ability to read, write, speak and understand English is essential for success in graduate studies at UT Dallas. If your native language is not English and you have been educated outside of the United States, you must demonstrate English proficiency.

Please review the requirements as outlined on the Graduate Admission at UT Dallas page for specifics on scores and potential waivers.

Resume

A detailed resume of all work history. This may be submitted with the online application, or you can submit a hard copy by mail or email. Work experience is not required for MS degrees, however, prior working experience is highly considered for the MBA programs.

Letter of Recommendation

One professional letter of recommendation from current or past employers, community leaders, former professors, etc. Letter of recommendation may be submitted through the online letter of recommendation system in the online application, or you can submit a hard copy by mail, email, or fax at the address below. We do not require a specific recommendation form or format, however, you can use the format that is provided by the admission office.

Personal Objectives Statement

A one-page, double-spaced, typed essay outlining the applicant’s academic interests and goals. This may be submitted with the online application, or you can submit a hard copy by mail, email, or fax at the address below.

All applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee to guarantee the selection of the most qualified applicants based upon a holistic review of the items listed above.

Mail Official Transcripts and Academic Documents

The University of Texas at Dallas
Admission and Enrollment Services
800 W Campbell Rd (ROC 11)
Richardson TX 75080-3021

Submitting Documents

To avoid processing delays, we recommend applying to UT Dallas with unofficial test scores and transcripts. Scanned unofficial copies of your documents can be uploaded using the online application. If you have exhausted your attempts to submit your essay, resume or letter of recommendation using the online application, you may upload a copy through the Admissions Forms folder under Orion Self-Service in Galaxy. If you have already uploaded a copy using the online graduate application, you do not need to submit another copy in Galaxy.

Official copies of your documents should be sent to UT Dallas after admission.

If possible, we recommend you submit your official transcripts and diploma/degree certificates after admission using an electronic uploading system like CHESSIC and TrueCopy

File Requirements for Uploading Documents

  • Format: Scanned and saved as a PDF file (photos not acceptable).
  • If your transcript is issued to you via hard-copy format in a sealed envelope, it is acceptable for you to open it and scan to PDF for upload.
  • File size should be 10MB or less.
  • Files cannot be password-protected or have a digital signature.
  • Upload each document separately.
  • Resolution should be no more than 300dpi.
  • Scan in black and white only.

Master’s Degree Program Prerequisites

Certain prerequisites are required for graduate programs. Applicants who have not satisfied such requirement may be admitted but will need to satisfy the prerequisites within the first 12 semester credit hours of graduate study, with a grade of “B” or better. Credit is not earned for program prerequisites, however, all grades achieved in prerequisites will count toward the student’s grad-point average (GPA). For more information, please contact JSOM advising office (972) 883-2750.

  • All degree programs (except MS Accounting, MS Accounting Cohort, MS Finance Cohort and MBA programs) are required to take one semester credit hour of Professional Development course.
  • Knowledge of Calculus is required for the following graduate programs: MS Accounting, MS Energy, MS Finance, MS Management Science and MS Supply Chain. Applicants who have not satisfied this requirement may take OPRE 6303 (Quantitative Foundations of Business) and earn a grade of “B” or better.
  • Knowledge of Statistics is required for MS Finance degree program. Applicants who have not satisfied this requirement may take OPRE 6301 (Statistics and Data Analysis) and earn a grade of “B” or better.
  • Some additional Accounting classes are required for MS Accounting degree program. Applicants who have not satisfied this requirement need to complete those courses, in addition to the 36 semester credit hours in the MS Accounting program. The specific accounting course prerequisite would need to be satisfied as much as possible in the beginning of the program start. See the MS Accounting program for more information.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students that desire admission as a non-degree seeking student must meet all the admission requirements specified above for degree seeking students, including all relevant test scores (GMAT or GRE, TOEFL, IELTS or PTE). Students who decide to switch to degree seeking status will have to apply to the degree program. If admitted, at most six semester credit hours taken as a non-degree seeking student can be transferred to the degree program. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Students in the U.S. on an F1 or J1 Visa may only be admitted to degree seeking status. Please consult with the International Student Services, if you are in doubt concerning your status.

MS Deadlines for U.S. Citizens and International Applicants

Deadlines may vary by program. Contact the program to which you are applying to verify their deadlines.

Priority Deadline

  • Complete application files* submitted by the priority deadline may receive an earlier decision.
  • As applications can take 4-6 weeks to process, you are encouraged to submit a complete application as early as possible.

Regular Deadline

  • Complete application files* submitted by the regular deadline will be reviewed for a decision.
  • If an application is submitted after the regular deadline, a decision is not guaranteed. Additionally, applicants may not receive a decision in time to avoid late registration.
TermPriority*Regular*
Fall Full-TermJanuary 15May 1
Spring Full-TermMay 15October 1
Summer (11-week session)October 15March 1

*An application is considered complete when all supporting documents, including transcripts, are postmarked on or before the deadline.

More information about deadlines is available on the academic calendar.

MBA Programs

Apply for MBA Program
  • Application Instructions

    The Full-Time MBA and Professional Evening Cohort MBA Programs start a new class each Fall. The Professional Flex MBA and Professional Online MBA Program can be started in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. Interviews are required of all students who matriculate into the Full-Time MBA and Professional MBA Evening Cohort Programs and are granted on an invitation-only basis.

    Applicants for the Full-Time MBA and Professional MBA Programs must submit the following to be considered for admission into the degree program. Applications for the Full-Time and Professional MBA Programs differs slightly. Please see the section on Application Differences below for complete information. Incomplete files will not be reviewed. Please note applicants for the MS/MBA program apply following MS program admission requirements. Students interested in combining the Full-Time MBA Cohort or Professional Evening MBA Cohort program with an MS Degree will not apply to the MS Program until they are already admitted to the MBA Program.

  • Application Requirements

    • A complete online application and application fee (see fee requirements below). An application is considered complete/ready for review once all supporting documents have been received by our office.
    • Official transcripts from previous graduating college/university both in English and local language. Transcript must show conferral of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States, or its equivalent as determined by the dean of graduate studies. To avoid processing delays, we recommend applying to UT Dallas with unofficial test scores and transcripts. Scanned unofficial copies of your documents can be uploaded using the online application. All official certified, signed or stamped transcripts must be mailed to Admission and Enrollment Services after admission (address below). Sealed enclosed certified copy of degree certificate if degree granted by a non-US institution.

      Send official transcripts after admission to:
      The University of Texas at Dallas
      Admission and Enrollment Services, ROC 11
      800 W Campbell Rd
      Richardson, TX 75080-3021
      E-transcripts can be emailed to UT Dallas Admission

    • GMAT/ GRE scores no more than five years old (Our GRE School Code is R6897). UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management prefers the GMAT admission test, however, we gladly accept the GRE test as well. GMAT Codes can be found here. Please review our policy regarding GMAT/GRE waivers in the Application Differences section below.
    • All international students are required to provide an English proficiency test no more than two years old from one of three testing services: TOEFL, PTE, and IELTS (School Code: 6897). Please review our policy regarding English proficiency test waivers in the Application Differences section below.
    • One professional letter of recommendation from current or past employers, community leaders, former professors, etc. Letters are to be submitted through the online application system.
    • The Full-Time MBA Program requires two essays and the Professional MBA Program requires one. All essays are described in the online application system.
    • A detailed resume of all work history to be uploaded into the online application system.
    • Interviews by invitation (only Full-Time MBA and Professional MBA Evening Cohort programs).
      • Full-Time MBA applicants who are granted an interview may also be interviewed by an alumnus. The assigned alumnus will contact you directly to schedule this interview.
      • This interview will be in addition to the interview conducted by MBA Program office staff.
    • Prerequisite knowledge in calculus is a requirement for the Professional MBA programs. Applicants need to have earned a “B” or better in calculus or its equivalent to satisfy the prerequisite. Applicants who have not satisfied this requirement may be admitted but will need to satisfy the prerequisite within the first semester of UT Dallas course work by taking OPRE 6303 (Quantitative Foundations of Business). OPRE 6303 cannot be used for course credit. Applicants may also elect to complete Math 1325 at a community college prior to matriculation to satisfy this requirement.
  • Submitting Documents

    To avoid processing delays, we recommend applying to UT Dallas with unofficial test scores and transcripts. Scanned unofficial copies of your documents can be uploaded using the online application. If you have exhausted your attempts to submit your essay, resume or letter of recommendation using the online application, you may upload a copy through the Admissions Forms folder under Orion Self-Service in Galaxy. If you have already uploaded a copy using the online graduate application, you do not need to submit another copy in Galaxy.

    Official copies of your documents should be sent to UT Dallas after admission.

    If possible, we recommend you submit your official transcripts and diploma/degree certificates after admission using an electronic uploading system like CHESSIC and TrueCopy

    File Requirements for Uploading Documents

    • Format: Scanned and saved as a PDF file (photos not acceptable).
    • If your transcript is issued to you via hard-copy format in a sealed envelope, it is acceptable for you to open it and scan to PDF for upload.
    • File size should be 10MB or less.
    • Files cannot be password-protected or have a digital signature.
    • Upload each document separately.
    • Resolution should be no more than 300dpi.
    • Scan in black and white only.
  • Application Differences: Full-Time MBA and Professional MBA Programs

    • Any candidate who already has obtained a PhD or US-based MD or JD may request a GMAT/GRE waiver from the MBA Programs Office. High achieving Professional MBA candidates may request a GMAT/GRE waiver if they have obtained:
      • Their undergraduate degree from a university with an AACSB accredited business school (regardless of their major) and achieved a GPA in their last 60 hours at or above a 3.600.
      • Their graduate degree from a university with an AACSB accredited business school (regardless of their degree’s area of focus) and achieved a GPA at or above a 3.600.
    • Contact the MBA Programs Office for more information. In addition to meeting the requirements above, candidates must also be able to demonstrate sufficient quantitative ability through prior coursework or work experience. Please note that the AACSB waivers related to GPA do not apply to the Full-Time MBA Program. Waivers are not guaranteed. Please e-mail your resume and transcript to mba@utdallas.edu to be evaluated for the GMAT/GRE waiver.

    • Professional MBA candidates should be aware that they must submit a GMAT or GRE score to be eligible for new student scholarships in the Jindal School.
    • You have met the English proficiency requirement, and do not need to submit an English proficiency exam for admission, if:
      • Your native country’s primary language is English. View a list of countries that are excused from the English proficiency requirement.
      • Your bachelor’s or master’s degree (or its equivalent) was earned through instruction and examination in English.
    • The Full-Time MBA Program requires one additional essay as mentioned in the application.
    • Application fees also differ between the two programs. Review the section on Application Fees below for complete information.
  • Application Fees

    • Full-Time MBA: $100 Domestic; $150 International
    • Professional MBA: $50 Domestic; $100 International
    • UT Dallas alumni receive an application fee waiver
    • U.S. Active Duty military and Veterans are eligible for an application fee waiver.
      • Please note that in order to receive the Active Duty/Veteran application fee waiver the candidate must submit a copy of one of the following documents:
        • Valid Military ID (CAC)
        • DD-214 (Must include Character of Service)
        • Driver’s License (Must have Veteran Indicator)
      • Scan and e-mail your documentation to admission-fee@utdallas.edu
    • A late fee of $75 is added to the application fee after the deadline.
      • Fall Semester: May 1st
      • Spring Semester: Oct 1st
      • Summer Semester: Mar 1st
  • Application Deadline

    The MBA Admission Committee reviews and considers applications for program admission in rounds. Applications received after the final deadline for the specific term of entry will be considered on a rolling basis should seats remain available.

    All scholarships are merit based and recipients may receive resident tuition status. Candidates seeking scholarship are encouraged to apply in earlier rounds. GMAT and GRE prep course scholarships are also available for those who apply in Rounds 1 and 2. Please contact the MBA Programs Office for more information.

    Full-Time MBA & Professional Evening Cohort

    RoundDeadlineNotification
    1October 15December 20
    2January 15February 20
    3March 1April 15
    4May 1June 15

    Professional Online MBA & Professional Flex MBA Program

    For an application to be considered complete, all supporting documents including transcripts must be postmarked on or before the regular deadline. For incomplete applications submitted after the regular deadline, a new application may need to be completed and submitted for any future terms for which you wish to apply.

    You are encouraged to submit a complete application as early as possible, as it can take from 4-6 weeks to process. Complete application files, including an application and all required documents, submitted by the regular deadline will be processed. If an application is completed after the regular deadline, a decision is not guaranteed.

    TermPriority Application and Documentation Deadline (Complete Admissions Application File Due)Regular Application and Documentation Deadline (Complete Admissions Application File Due)
    Fall Full-TermJanuary 15May 1
    Spring Full-TermMay 15October 1
    Summer SessionsOctober 15March 1
  • Scholarship

    Scholarships – Full-Time MBA

    Two types of scholarships are available for the Full-Time MBA Program–Cohort and Corporate. Both scholarships are merit based and will be determined along with your admission decision. To be considered, applicants are encouraged to apply by March 1, but scholarships may still be available after that date. In addition to scholarships, students may apply for financial aid through the UT Dallas Financial Aid Office.

    Accepted applicants compete for full and partial academic scholarships and teaching assistantships. Your scholarship package may consist of one or more of the above forms of assistance. In recent years, 75 percent of our incoming class was awarded some form of scholarship based on merit. Out-of-state scholarship recipients receive a waiver for resident tuition rates. Last year’s class received an average award of more than $9,000.

    In addition, the UT Dallas Office of Financial Aid works closely with all admitted students who have completed a financial aid application and who may be eligible for loans, grants or a combination of the two, based on need. Short-term loan programs are available for international students as well.

    Scholarships – Professional MBA

    The Naveen Jindal School of Management awards some merit-based scholarships to new and continuing Professional MBA students in Fall and Spring semesters. Please be aware that Professional MBA candidates must submit a GMAT or GRE score to be eligible for new student scholarships in the Jindal School. You must have official GMAT/GRE exam scores sent to UT Dallas by the scholarship application deadline to be awarded scholarship. Each scholarship may have specific requirements based on the purpose of the scholarship; however, the JSOM Graduate Scholarship Committee will consider applicants for all available scholarships. Continuing students are eligible to apply for scholarship after two long semesters. Visit the JSOM scholarships page to view the requirements and apply. Students are not considered automatically for scholarship awards and must apply online to be considered by the JSOM graduate scholarship committee. You must be admitted prior to applying for scholarship. JSOM scholarships have very specific deadlines (Fall deadline: May 20th, Spring deadline: December 5th).

  • Full-Time MBA Tuition & Fees

    Please visit UT Dallas Tuition Plans for the most up-to-date tuition and fee information. Below shows an example of estimated tuition (this should only be used as a guide). Scholarship recipients pay at the in-state tuition rate. The MBA program office can address any questions you may have.

    SemesterCredit HoursResident CostFeesNonresident Cost
    Fall I15$8,244$1,200$17,706
    Spring17$8,244$1,360$17,706
    Summer3$2,871$240$4,823
    Fall II18$8,244$1,440$17,706
    Total53$27,603$4,240$57,941

    Total Tuition & Fees (Resident): $31,843
    Total Tuition & Fees (Nonresident): $62,181

  • Professional MBA Tuition & Fees

    Fall 2017 Professional MBA Tuition & Fees Under Various Scenarios

    Please visit UT Dallas Tuition Plans for details and up-to-date information.

    SemesterCredit HoursResident CostFeesNonresident Cost
    Fall I9$6,458$720$12,626
    Spring I8$6,046$640$11,474
    Summer I7$5,495$560$10,270
    Fall II12$7,604$960$15,739
    Spring II8$6,046$640$11,474
    Summer II9$6,458$720$12,626
    Total53$38,107$4,240$74,209

    Total Tuition & Fees (Resident): $42,347
    Total Tuition & Fees (Nonresident): $78,449

    SemesterCredit HoursResident CostFeesDistance Learning FeesNonresident Cost
    Fall I5$4,026$400$400$7,244
    Spring I6$4,584$480$480$8,463
    Summer I6$4,584$480$480$8,463
    Fall II6$4,584$480$480$8,463
    Spring II5$4,026$400$400$7,244
    Summer II7$5,495$560$560$10,270
    Fall III6$4,584$480$480$8,463
    Spring III6$4,584$480$480$8,463
    Summer III6$4,584$480$480$8,463
    Total53$41,051$4,240$4,240$75,536

    Total Tuition & Fees (Resident): $49,531
    Total Tuition & Fees (Nonresident): $84,016

    SemesterCredit HoursResident CostFeesNonresident Cost
    Fall I5$4,026$400$7,244
    Spring I6$4,584$480$8,463
    Summer I6$4,584$480$8,463
    Fall II6$4,584$480$8,463
    Spring II5$4,026$400$7,244
    Summer II7$5,495$560$10,270
    Fall III6$4,584$480$8,463
    Spring III6$4,584$480$8,463
    Summer III6$4,584$480$8,463
    Total53$41,051$4,240$75,536

    Total Tuition & Fees (Resident): $45,291
    Total Tuition & Fees (Nonresident): $79,776

  • Steps after Admission

    • Log-in to Orion to accept or decline admission in the Student Center section
      • Flex/Online Deadline to Accept – You can accept or decline admission up until school begins however, it is not recommended to wait until then because the system can take 24-48 hours for you to matriculate which then allows you to meet with an advisor and register for classes.  
      • Full-Time/Evening Cohort Deadline to Accept – You have 10 days after receiving your admission letter to accept or decline the offer and to submit payment of your seat fee.
        • Full-Time MBA Seat Fee $500
        • Professional Evening Cohort MBA Seat Fee $450
    • Review your Hold and To-Do List in Orion for any outstanding documents, required orientations, and new student holds.
    • Advising
      • Flex/Online MBA students need to set up an appointment with the Advising Office to have your new student hold removed.
      • Full-Time students will be advised during LEAD Camp and Evening Cohort students will be advised during orientation. Your new student hold will be removed by our office prior to registration.
    • Attend orientation – You will receive additional information regarding orientation closer to your term of entry.
    • Please e-mail mba@utdallas.edu with any questions or concerns.

Executive Education Programs

Executive education applicants must meet the program specific admission requirements.

Programs

For a list of available certifications in other programs please visit our certificate programs page.

Tuition Plans

Texas Residency (in-state)

Applicants and enrolled students at The University of Texas at Dallas are each classified as a resident or nonresident for tuition purposes. Texas residency is not based on citizenship, but based on when you moved to the state and how long you have continuously resided here. Please visit establishing Texas Residency for detailed information.

Oklahoma Waiver

UT Dallas also offers a waiver for nonresidents enrolled in Texas public universities who are residents of Oklahoma. Learn more here.

Guaranteed Tuition Plans

UT Dallas offers a guaranteed tuition plan, so whatever the semester credit hour rate is when you come into your program that will not change during your program. This guaranteed tuition plan is valid for 12 consecutive semesters for new incoming students enrolled for the first time during the fall 2016, spring 2017 or summer 2017 terms. Example: For a student whose first semester of enrollment was fall 2016, this plan will expire after the Summer 2020 term.

Tuition at UT Dallas is on a sliding scale. The more semester credit hours you take a semester, the cheaper the semester credit hours will be. Students taking online courses will pay $80 per semester credit hour distance learning fee in addition to regular semester credit hour fees. Payment plans for tuition and short-term loans are available. For more information, please visit UT Dallas Bursar’s Office.

Guaranteed Tuition Plan

NOTE: The information noted above about the tuition does NOT apply to MS Accounting Cohort, MS Finance Cohort, MS Financial Engineering and Risk Management, and Executive Education programs.

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